Coffee Shop Losing Its Magic? Find Motivation in a Forgotten Environment

I take my laptop almost everywhere I go. As a digital creative professional and hobbyist, I never know when I will have a little down time and want to put in a few minutes or a few hours on a project. Often I work from home, from the wonders of my coffee table in front of the television. Sometimes I get the opportunity for a few minutes between clients at my day job. And every once in a while I will spoil myself with an extravagantly priced cup of coffee and work from the local coffee house.

New Environment

This afternoon a good friend, mentioned that she’d be doing some studying at the local library, and perhaps this would be a good chance to spend some time together face-to-face. I was at a breaking point in my work, and decided it would be nice to see her, and to be out of the house for a while.

At this point I should guiltily admit that since moving to Cleveland I had not taken the time to apply for a library card. Sure there are branches all over the greater Cleveland area, one even just a few blocks from my home, but it was one of those thing I kept putting off. Today I figured I had procrastinated long enough. I would take a few minutes and get a card.

Finding The Magic

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If you’ve ever seen the movie The Pagemaster with Macaulay Culkin and Christopher Lloyd, then you’ve seen what I experienced. I handed the librarian my application and a few pieces of identification to prove my residence, she typed away at her computer for a few moments and then slid me a card that seemed to magically glow in the palm of my hand. I stared at it for a moment with a smile and then tucked it safely into my wallet.

I met my friend at the back of the library in the quiet study area. We whispered hello and caught up briefly before she set to her work and I to mine. As I sat in that quiet space, the magic card in my pocket began to glow. Its aura encompassed me. I was drawn to my work with a focus I had not experienced in years.

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Like magic, the work flew by in no time! Video projects were completed within moments. Articles were written, and blogs updated. Surrounded by the wisdom of the years, I was productive and inspired beyond my wildest imagination.

Productivity When You Least Expect It

My friend and I occasionally exchanged glances, admiring each other’s productivity and casually wondering how our individual studies we progressing. But we each knew that this place had a hold of us. We knew that we were caught up I the magic of the library.

If you haven’t rediscovered your local library for a while, I encourage you to do so. Take the time to get a library card, your passport to adventure. It will lead you places you never imagined you could go. It’s the best investment I’ve made in a long time!

 

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